Although your teeth are a strong part of your mouth, the enamel that covers them is the hardest, mineralized tissue in your body. The enamel is what protects your teeth from falling apart and becoming damaged. As you grow older, the enamel will naturally soften due to the daily use of your teeth.
When the outer shell of the tooth is damaged, it can cause other dental issues. These issues can be tooth pain, cavities or even an infection. The best way to treat a chipped tooth is to come see Dr. Murphy at Atlantic Dentistry right away for general dentistry treatment. We have same day appointments and extended hours to make scheduling more convenient for our patients.
There are several options to repair a cracked or broken tooth, and it will depend on the extent of damage to the tooth. If you have a small chip, it can be repaired with a filling or with bonding. Bonding is a quick, simple procedure. If a larger portion of the tooth has broken off or cracked, then the tooth may need a dental cap or a crown. These two procedures are a little more involved since more of the tooth needs repair. If a front tooth is cracked or broken, you may be in need of a dental veneer. As soon as you notice the crack or break in your teeth, call us so we can fix it right away.
Most teeth that are cracked or broken will cause you some type of pain. Some patients do not feel any type of pain and do not even notice that there is anything wrong with their tooth. We recommend coming in twice a year for exams, and this being one of the reasons for that exam. If a cracked or broken tooth is caught early enough, it will save on future damage to your teeth and save you additional money.
When dealing with a cracked or broken tooth, contact Atlantic Dentistry as soon as possible. The sooner we get you in the office, the sooner you will be feeling better and avoiding future issues with your teeth.